Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett

A Very Irregular Head

Book - 2010
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Syd Barrett was the lead guitarist, vocalist, and principle songwriter in the original line up of Pink Floyd. During his brief time with the band (1966-68) he was the driving force behind the unit. After he left the band he made just two further solo albums which were both released in 1970, before withdrawing from public view to lead a quiet, and occasionally troubled life in Cambridge, the town of his birth.

Rob Chapman's book is the first authoritative and exhaustively researched biography of Syd Barrett that fully celebrates his life and legacy as a musician, lyricist and artist, and which highlights the influence that he continues to have over contemporary bands and music fans alike.

Publisher: London : Faber, 2010
ISBN: 9780571238545
0571238548
Branch Call Number: 781.57 B274c
Characteristics: xix, 441 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm

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Oct 06, 2017

Chapman has written an excellent book, which entirely avoids the `mythical approach' to Syd, so common in rock journalism, relying instead on a scholarly approach, fusing sociological, historical, psychological and literary prisms as a means of approaching Barrett's life and trying to understand who he was, and divining what moved his spirit.
Chapman has collected an impressive array of sources here - he has interviewed Barrett's sister, nephew, friends and girlfriends, as well as collecting quotes from previous band mates and years of obscure and mainstream press sources.
It is a most beautiful and moving book, and if you are at all interested in Barrett, then Id say it is a book you must have on your shelf, and it is a book to read, and re read, and treasure.

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